Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Today's Education System

Why are there so many problems with the education system? First off, grades are not a fair representation of knowledge, as often times teachers will give extra credit, giving certain students better grades than might accurately represent their knowledge of a subject. On the flip side, some students might have a phenomenal knowledge of a subject, but test poorly, thus making it seem they do not comprehend the subject. Another problem is that, in college, often times the classes are taught by TAs rather than the actual teacher, and some of these TAs do not have a good grasp of the subject. For example, I have a TA for chemistry who thinks that nonmetals are more likely to lose electrons and that they are the most nonreactive elements. He also does not know how to do basic math, which is a problem when he's teaching CHEMISTRY!

But maybe I just have the one bad TA out there. What do you think? Leave a comment!

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